When I was planning my home office makeover, I knew I wanted an accent wall. I’ve kept a pretty neutral tone throughout our entire house. We have dark wood floors, light blue/gray walls, and bright white trim. I’ve accented with shades of blue and green and love how calm and welcoming our home feels. In my home office/craft room, I wanted something bright, colorful, and fun. I wanted a room that reflected my personality and would make me happy every time I walked in. I originally considered wall paper, and found several beautiful options. Unfortunately, it was WAY out of my price range. I also liked the idea of something that wasn’t permanent. Enter my DIY FABRIC COVERED WALL!
My office is done! I’ve spent the past few weeks cleaning, organizing, and customizing my home office. In my true fashion, all of the projects have been DIYs! The first week of the One Room Challenge I shared an Introduction with my plan, some inspiration, and before photos of the space. The 2nd week I shared my first project: a DIY Peg Board. I used a huge picture frame and added a peg backing so I could organize many of my craft tools. The 3rd week of the challenge coincided with a high stress time in our home: my husband lost his job. I put the challenge on hold that week. Week 4 it was back to business and I shared more office organization and the fabric backed bookcases I customized. Week 5 was my second favorite project: my DIY acrylic calendar! Going into this project I knew I wanted a large wall calendar to organize my ideas and projects. I did a round up of wall calendar ideas and came across a chic lucite calendar on Etsy but it cost over $1,000! For about $30 I was able to do a knock off version. The very last project was the icing on the cake: a DIY FLORAL FABRIC WALL! It completed the room perfectly! Here is my home office reveal:
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Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner! We’ve been working hard to get our backyard and patio ready for the season of grilling and dining al fresco. We revived a dying plant and created a DIY Pineapple Pot for it. We also added DIY patio curtains. One of our favorite things to do is host friends in our home. We have a weekly bible study that meets at our house (we all take turns bringing dinner) and we needed a table to accommodate a large group. We really wanted a big farmhouse table for our covered patio so I searched and searched for plans. I found several that I liked, but ultimately I liked certain parts of different tables. So we decided to draw up plans for our own DIY Farmhouse Table! We were able to get the DIY Farmhouse Table built in a weekend and ready for stain (thanks in large part to our buddy Jeff!) We love this table and have used it many times when we had friends over. It’s perfect for hosting parties on the back patio! We can fit up to about 10 people around it.
What do you do when you need a nightstand but can’t seem to find the right one? You make one! We needed something for the teeny tiny space between the door and the bed in our master bedroom and couldn’t find a table that would fit there. I came home one day and Eric was making his own DIY Nightstand. Figuring out the design took the longest; the actual building can be done in about an hour. Add in the time to sand, stain, and attach hardware and you can still have a new DIY nightstand in one afternoon. Perfect for those hard to fill spaces.
When we bought our house this spring we found a potted plant abandoned in the backyard. It had overgrown its container months ago and several of the leaves at the bottom were dead. Oh, and did I mention it attacked you anytime you got near it? The thing had razor sharp points on it and was impossible to move. So for months it sat there. Somehow, even without any love, it lived (the plant that lived – where are my HP fans?). I decided to repot it and give it a new life. It reminded me of a pineapple top so I searched for a yellow pot to make it a new home. Would you know it – I couldn’t find a bright yellow pot anywhere! On a trip to Lowe’s I came across some pots in the clearance section and snagged a large pot for less than $10! With a can a spray paint I made my own yellow pot. I had to call in reinforcements to get the thing moved to the new pot and had to wrap it in a towel to avoid losing an eye, but we did it! We gave an abandoned plant new life with a pineapple pot. It’s an easy DIY you can do yourself with a large or small plant.
I added the white stripes to make it look even more “pinapple-y”. I used some white acrylic paint I had in the craft room, so we will see how it holds up. My new pineapple pot is the perfect companion for my 5 foot flamingo on the back patio!
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you’ve gotten some peeks at our new house. For the past few weeks I’ve shared #TransformationTuesday videos so you all can see what this house used to look like. We didn’t do any of the remodeling ourselves – that was done by a team of highly skilled contractors! I’m actually really flattered when people asked if we did it!! I have plenty of plans for fun DIY projects and decorating I want to do but the back breaking remodeling was done prior to us purchasing and moving in.
We had our housewarming party this weekend and it was a GREAT time. Today I’d like to debut the house tour here on the blog! Without further ado, welcome to #OliverHQ:
We were really lucky to find this place. The location is perfect and everything in the house is brand new. The place was taken down to the studs! We are now 100% moved in and have a lengthy “to-do” list to get us settled. We’ve got the appliances purchased and are enjoying doing basic homeowner things like mowing the grass. I’m sure the novelty will wear off and it will feel more like a chore soon, but for now we are enjoying it!
This past month has been really, REALLY busy! We bought our first house! We started looking over a year ago and watching the market. We first met with an agent in August of last year and got a plan in motion since our apartment lease ends June 2015. We came into the process prepared but were still surprised by a lot of things! This post is to share with you what I learned about buying (especially for a first time buyer) when you are looking “in the loop” in Houston.
If you aren’t familiar with Houston, it’s basically divided into 2 circles. “In the loop” is anything inside the 610 circle (the smallest circle around downtown). Without traffic you can get pretty much anywhere in about 15 minutes; double that during rush hour. Then there’s the beltway (Highway 8) that makes a loop around 610. Anything outside of that takes at least 45 minutes to get downtown or anywhere central. Since I work downtown, I really wanted to stay somewhere close. We also have church, Junior League, friends, and other activities that all take place inside the loop. You can guess what that does to property prices. Below is a comparison of some of the options we found when looking for a home in the loop.
*House photos from Zillow.com
I’ve been in Midtown for nearly 3 years. I actually really like living there. I walked to the train to get to work everyday. There are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance. It was the perfect meeting place for friends before going out and central for all the things going on in the city. When we started looking for a house we found that if we didn’t want to be in an apartment but wanted to stay in Midtown, we’d have to purchase a townhouse. The problem in Midtown is we’d have to continue to walk the dog everyday because you can’t get a big back yard down there. This is an example of what we found (we didn’t consider it; WAY too expensive). It is really big though! 3 bed/4 bath 2,455 sqft for $449,900.
A cheaper option for a townhouse in Midtown lacked any style or exciting features. It was very basic and actually pretty small/cramped inside. 3 bed/2.5 bath, 1,330 sqft, and CARPET throughout. Look at that kitchen 🙁 $299,990
Townhouse in the Heights or Downtown
We looked at townhouses in the Heights and one Downtown. The problem with both was parking and green space. The one downtown we considered was in a “gated community”. Sounds great, right? What that actually means (and what we found to be true in the Heights as well) is there’s a gate around a group of 8 or so townhouses that are built with no space between them. It also means there is no parking for guests. We nixed the house downtown despite the location (proximity to work) and nice interior (it was very modern and only about 6 years old). The reasons being we didn’t feel it was safe (deplorable conditions nearby), zero yard for the dog so we’d have to walk where we didn’t feel safe, and there are no grocery stores nearby.
In the Heights we saw a couple of townhouses that look really cute in the pictures. This is why it’s so important to go see the house yourself! When I walked in I could tell immediately this place wouldn’t work. The dining table is in the living room (same as in the downtown townhouse) and it felt SUPER cramped. It felt like an apartment inside. There was a teeny tiny yard but the view over the back fence was PORT O POTTIES. Yes, seriously a storage yard for port o potties. That’s the problem I found with the Heights. You can get some great homes (if you are OK with a townhouse) but you will have pretty much no yard, a tiny cramped street, and god knows what across the street from you. The house below (we actually looked at 2 in the same “gated-community”) is 3 bed, 2.5 baths, 1,464 sqft and $309,900
Single Story in the Heights
The last type of house we looked at was a single story, older home in the Heights. This is another example of how important it is to go look at the property. Pictures are definitely deceiving. I loved this cute little house when I saw it online! The porch was darling and I loved the look of the remodeling they’d done inside. When we actually went and saw it we were shocked. First, the back splash was actually a STICKER- it was not tile at all!! Next, the detached garage was decrepit and that’s where the laundry hook ups were! So you’d have to carry your clothes in the Houston rain across the backyard. Lastly, the neighborhood was not appealing. The houses were very close together, had chain length fences so you could see all the trash piled up in the neighbors yards, and there were cars everywhere on the street since all the driveways were so narrow – and this was in the middle of the day! This house is 3 bedroom, 2 bath, and only 1,300 sqft. It’s cute but not a quality home ($315,000).
We were so lucky to find the house we ended up purchasing. After seeing so many different types of homes (and having many go under contract before we could even view them) we were so excited when we found what ended up being ours. It is technically outside the loop (but only 1 block from 610!) so we are now “loop adjacent”. It’s in an older neighborhood so there are huge oak trees, wide streets, and it has a YARD! We thought that was impossible to find! Look forward to many new posts featuring our new home and fun DIY projects I have planned!